Barclays Chief: Jesus Loves Bonuses

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Are you expecting to receive an obscene amount of cashola this bonus season? What one might characterize as perhaps an "ungodly" amount? Are you feeling slightly conflicted about it, 'cause while you love all that ka-ching! on your face, you get the sense it might mean you're going to burn in hell, sinner? Fear not. Barclays chief John Varley has spoken to Jesus and it is all good. He wants you to get paid:

John Varley stood at the wooden lectern in St. Martin-in-the- Fields on London's Trafalgar Square last night and told the packed pews of the church that "profit is not satanic."
"Is Christianity and banking compatible? Yes," he said in an interview after the speech in the 283-year-old church. "And is Christianity and fair reward compatible? Yes."

"The injunction of Jesus to love others as ourselves is an endorsement of self-interest," Goldman's Griffiths said Oct. 20, his voice echoing around the gold-mosaic walls of St. Paul's Cathedral, whose 365-feet-high dome towers over the City, London's financial district. "We have to tolerate the inequality as a way to achieving greater prosperity and opportunity for all."

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